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Ancient to Medieval History, Geopolitics, Horror, Weird Stuff.

The Meritocracy Trap

How America's Foundational Myth Feeds Inequality, Dismantles the Middle Class, and Devours the Elite

By: Daniel Markovits
Narrated by: Fred Sanders
Length: 14 hours 13 minutes

A revolutionary new argument from eminent Yale Law professor Daniel Markovits attacking the false promise of meritocracyย 

It is an axiom of American life that advantage should be earned through ability and effort. Even as the country divides itself at every turn, the meritocratic ideal โ€“ that social and economic rewards should follow achievement... Read more

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Kafka on the Shore

By: Haruki Murakami
Narrated by: Sean Barrett & Oliver Le Sueur
Length: 19 hours 6 minutes

With Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami gives us a novel every bit as ambitious and expansive as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, which has been acclaimed both here and around the world for its uncommon ambition and achievement, and whose still-growing popularity suggests that it will be read and admired for decades to come.

This magnificent new... Read more

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Blood Meridian

Or the Evening Redness in the West

By: Cormac McCarthy
Narrated by: Richard Poe
Length: 13 hours 4 minutes

Author of the National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier. His birth ended his mother's life in... Read more

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Baudolino

By: Umberto Eco
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 18 hours 53 minutes

The author of the international sensation The Name of the Rose returns to the Middle Ages in this beguiling tale of history, myth, and invention.

It is April 1204, and Constantinople, the splendid capital of the Byzantine Empire, is being sacked and burned by the knights of the Fourth Crusade. Amid the carnage and confusion, one Baudolino saves a... Read more

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The Persian Expedition

By: Xenophon
Narrated by: Pat Bottino
Length: 10 hours 5 minutes

Xenophon, after being exiled from Athens, spent the last years of his life hunting, writing, and recalling in his books the great days of the Persian expedition. This record of one of the most famous marches in history contains an account of the day-to-day life of ordinary men and soldiers. It demonstrates how Greek theories of government and... Read more

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